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BLOCKFEST

Founded in 2008, Blockfest grew in a short period of time from a club environment into Ratina’s open-air milieu and is currently the biggest hiphop festival in Nordic countries. The event has been sold out already in advance ten times in a row. It is a three-time nominee in the national Industry Awards gala.

In previous years, the following acts have been performing at Blockfest among others: Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Nas, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Post Malone, Suicideboys, Migos, Lil Wayne, G-Eazy, Mobb Deep, Ferg, Big Sean, T.I, Young Thug, Rick Ross, Ty Dolla $ign, Skepta, Bun B, Clipse, Tory Lanez, Talib Kweli and Mac Miller.

Besides the festival, Blockfest has also brought names like Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd to Finland for their very first concert in here.

ACCESSIBILITY AND ASSISTANTS

The accessible entrance of Blockfest will be implemented through the Laukonsilta bridge. The assistant to a disabled person can enter the festival free of charge. This requires that both arrive to the event at the same time. Please be prepared to show your assistant card at the gates.

Assistant receives wristband from wristband exchange when customer changes his/her ticket to a wristband.

ACCOMMODATION

Blockfest is located right in the heart of Tampere and because of that we don’t organize any own campsite. There is a variety of hotel options in Tampere, in which we recommend our partner Forenom. The nearest campsite is located in Härmälä, Tampere (see route here).

Rooms for the festival weekend will be filled early in the year.  We recommend that you book your accommodation well in advance, as prices are often at their highest during the Blockfest weekend.

AFTERPARTY

The legendary afterparties of Blockfest will take over the whole downtown of Tampere. Usually the performers of Blockfest will do surprise live gigs at the official afterparty venues. The official afterparty venues of Blockfest 2019 and their lineups will be published during the summer of 2019.

NB! Each venue has a limited capacity, so we can not guarantee an entry for a specific venue if it’s already full. So please arrive early and remember all the other official options when considering the afterparty venue.

With VIP and Exclusive tickets, you can enter one venue per night, subject to the above restrictions.

AGE LIMIT

There is no age limit for Blockfest. However, we don’t recommend the festival for children under 15 years of age due to the nature of the event.

APPLICATION

Blockfest mobile app will be released soon! The download links will be updated on this page – follow our social media channels to be one of the first ones to know.

CAMERAS & RECORDING DEVICES

You can bring your cell phone, a small automatic camera, or Go Pro. System cameras, video cameras, voice recorders, and selfie sticks are not allowed.

Photographing for commercial use is not allowed and law enforcement officers have the right to restrict the filming, for example at the request of the artist. Drone flying is prohibited in Blockfest and Ratina area.

CASHLESS

Blockfest is a full cashless festival, which means that you will use your RFID-wristband for paying at the venue. You will get your wristband from wristband exchange during the festival days or you can change it before during the festival week.

Read more here.

CAN DEPOSITS

The cans and bottles sold will contain a deposit that you will get back at deposit points, which are called “Pantti”. Deposits are used at the festival to maintain cleanliness.

Please note that a purposeful collection of deposits at festival is prohibited. If Blockfest staff detect possible misuse, it has the right to stop ip. There are no refunds for a systematic deposit collecting.

CLOAK

You can find a cloaks from both entrances. You can use both your wristband and euros for paying.

One time visit at cloak costs 3€ (additional 2€). If you got VIP or Exclusive ticket, please note that you got one cloak visit for free.

<3 ENVIRONMENT

Blockfest will be the neatest hip-hop festival in Nordic countries!

Blockfest strives to be the forerunner amongst the Finnish city festivals in terms of environmental issues. We want to arrange the event by allowing the least possible disturbance to the surrounding nature or to nearby residents. We’re proud of our hometown Tampere and we want to keep it as clean as possible.

The most direct environmental effects are the garbage in and outside of the festival area, in addition to the possible noise problems caused to nearby residents. We’re preventing cleanliness problems by guiding our visitors in advance through our various channels. In short, we recommend people to respect the nature while also giving tips for proper festival behavior.

We prepare the area for the festival weekend with excellent resources: there will be more toilet areas, trash cans and cleanliness employees than the authorities impose. Our dedicated project coordinator constructs an annual cleanliness plan.

Blockfest tries to control the side-effects in the nearby houses by fencing entrances to their courtyards and hiring security guards to prevent all types of possible vandalism during the weekend. Our cleanliness patrol also operates on the nearby areas as well as the festival area.

Blockfest also has its own sound specialist and technical team, that have composed a noise abatement plan taking nearby residents into account regarding the possible environmental noise. The nearby residents will be notified about the use of audio output devices in advance. We also have an impartial observer who measures and supervises that the festival will stay within the given decibel limits.

Blockfest was granted Ekokompassi tapahtuma certificate in 2015 (as the first music festival in Tampere) for its efforts on behalf of the environment.

In a nutshell: return your cans to the deposit points and clean up your garbage instead of throwing it to the ground. There will be numerous toilet areas at the festival. Respect the nearby residents by being polite. This way you will enable music events like Blockfest to be arranged in these circumstances also in the future.

BLOCKFEST X GREEN NATION

Climate change is real and happening at the moment. The levels of CO2e in the air are the highest on record. Extreme weather events increased in their frequency and intensity and have a impacted the lives of many. 

As a part of Live Nation, we are working against the global climate change factors. Read more about Green Nation Sustainability Charter program here. Climate change is real and happening at the moment. The levels of CO2e in the air are the highest on record. Extreme weather events increased in their frequency and intensity and have a impacted the lives of many.

Media inquiries regarding the Sustainability Charter:
Joanna Dipple | jo.dipple(at)livenation.co.uk

ENTRANCE & WRISTBAND EXCHANGE

You can change your Blockfest ticket into a bracelet on event days and in advance.

ENTRANCE (OPEN 12:00-22:30)

Main gate (Ratina square): All basic tickets (FRIDAY / SATURDAY / TWO DAYS)
Laukontori: all special tickets (VIP / EXCLUSIVE) and guests (GUEST)

The Cashless wristband gives you access to the event area as several times as needed. Please note that you’ll go through a security check everytime you get in the festival area. For example you will not be able to get back in if you are too drunk. Getting back and forth also creates possible queues, so just get out when needed.

Please arrive no later than 10:30 pm to see the last performer of the evening. The gates will close at 10:30 pm on both days for security reasons.

WRISTBAND EXCHANGE ON EVENT DAYS

It is possible to change your admission bracelet on both days of the event. The wristband exchanges (as well as the gates) are open from 12 noon to 10:30 pm. Please bring your admission ticket. No screenshots, only original tickets (PDF/mobile/print).

All basic tickets (FRIDAY / SATURDAY / TWO DAYS) will be changed at the Sorin aukio square wristband exchange.

All VIP and Exclusive tickets will be exchanged at Laukontori wristband exchange. In addition, Laukontori will exchange tickets (all types of tickets) for people who arrive at the event with an assistant or for example in a wheelchair.

Please also bring your identity card with you in case of any problems. Please note that VIP and Exclusive tickets are K-18 and staff are entitled to check your age when asked.

WRISTBAND PRE-EXCHANGE

The ticket can be changed into a wristband in advance near the event area, on the 1st floor of the Ratina Shopping Center. Please bring your admission ticket for wristband replacement.

  • 9.8. 4 pm to 8 pm
  • 10.-11.8. 12 noon to 4 pm
  • 12.-14.8. 4 pm to 8 pm
  • 15.8. 12 noon to 8 pm

Please also bring your identity card with you in case of any problems. Please note that VIP and Exclusive tickets are K-18 and staff are entitled to check your age when asked.

FESTIVAL AREA

The festival area is located in downtown Tampere, Finland. Tampere Stadium (also known as Ratina Stadium) and the scenic Ratinanniemi festival park will jointly form the surroundings for Blockfest 2019. High-quality restaurant services, versatile outlets and three stages full of live music will entertain you during the weekend.

FIRST AID

Blockfest first aid is located near Street Stage, where the Finnish Red Cross staff is on duty. In case of need, seek medical attention or contact the area patrols.

FOOD & DRINKS

You can bring your own 0,5 liter empty plastic bottle to the festival area. We have two water faucets for refilling your water bottle. In addition to that, we naturally sell water bottles during the festival. Bringing your own alcoholic beverages to the area is absolutely forbidden. There is a zero tolerance at festival for breaking the rules and the security has the right to remove customer’s wristband if necessary.

You can also bring your own, small snacks to the area. Nevertheless, Blockfest isn’t a picnic kind of event. We have high-quality licensed areas and food stalls, which are open from the beginning of the festival on both days. We only make exceptions (for bigger snacks) if you have a special diet due to bad allergy or other medical condition.

GETTING THERE

It’s easy to travel to Tampere and to the festival area. Tampere Stadium serves as a great landmark at the city centre.

By car: There are several parking garages in the center of Tampere. You can find more info from the Finnpark website.

By bus: Tampere bus station is only a few hundred meters from the festival area. Check out the directions from Google Maps.

By train: When you arrive to Tampere and come out of the train station through the main doors, you can easily locate the department store Stockmann along Hämeenkatu. Continue down that street until you arrive at Keskustori and from there turn left and ascend to Laukontori. Check out the directions from Google Maps

By plane: The Tampere-Pirkkala airport is located only fifteen kilometers from the festival area. You can reach the festival area with just one bus.

Local public transport: You can find more information about the public transport system in the Tampere region through here. To order a taxi, call 0100 4131.

MEDIA ACCREDITATION

Accreditation for Blockfest can be found below. It is aimed at the media representatives and music industry professionals who’ll be working at the festival.
For the press purposes, please look for the media page.

MERCHANDISE

Blockfest’s highly popular and limited collection will be available throughout the event as long as there is enough supply. You will find the B-Shop from Ratinanniemi, under Laukonsilta brigde.

B-Shop also sells fan products from performing artists if they deliver them for sale at festivals. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you in advance which artist’s products will eventually be available.

LOST AND FOUND

Lost items found during the event will be delivered to the area’s information desk on Friday evening for further inquiries the following day. After the event, all lost and found items and clothes and bags left in the cloak will be taken to the Pirkanmaan Löytötavaratoimisto (LOST PROPERTY OFFICE OF PIRKANMAA), where you can inquire about your lost items.

Here you can find the website of the Lost Property Office of Pirkanmaa.

PROHIBITED ARTICLES

In addition to system cameras, video cameras, recorders and self-timers, prohibited items include, umbrellas, jars, cans, alcoholic beverages, drugs, e-liquids, weapons and other objects or devices that cause the danger.

If you it is necessary to bring the area of drugs, please take care that this is a prescription or a medical certificate included.

If you need to bring sunscreen with you, please get a 50ml unopened sunscreen can for the event.

Prohibited items are collected during security screening. There is a zero tolerance at festival for breaking the rules and the security has the right to remove customer’s wristband if necessary.

RESOLD TICKETS

Blockfest is NOT responsible for the functionality of resold (= purchased from anywhere other than Tiketti, Ticketmaster or LiputOn) tickets. The resale of tickets is prohibited in the terms of delivery of all ticket sellers. We will not deal with potential issues with resold tickets or ticket scams, excpet if we have time for that. In the event of a scam, please contact the Police directly for a criminal report.

Please note that the festival is exceptionally sold out in advance each year. Buying a ticket from outside is a risk and made by at your own risk. Read more about buying a ticket from the Cashless FAQ.

SCHEDULE

 

SMOKING

Smoking in front of the stage, in tents and indoors is prohibited in accordance with the provisions of the Tobacco Act. Please note the others in the event. You can buy tobacco at individually marked selling points.

STREET TEAM / VOLUNTARY WORK

The application period for street team and voluntary work has ended. Thank you for all applicants! 

VALUES OF BLOCKFEST

Blockfest has never accepted racism and will not accept it in the future either. The festival has consistently followed the idea of bringing different kinds of visitors together by showcasing as many different aspects of the hip-hop culture as possible. Thus meaning that the lineup – both locally and globally – has been versatile since the beginning. Blockfest promotes equality, fellowship and appreciation for different cultures.

Enjoyable atmosphere and respect for other visitors are vital elements in a mass event like Blockfest. We have zero tolerance for violence and aggressive behavior. So when you arrive to the festival to have fun, please take all the other visitors into account and make sure they are able to enjoy their stay as well. Hip-hop culture unites people irrespective of age, gender, cultural background, religion or superficial factors. It DOES NOT distinguish or discriminate people.

NEED MORE INFO?

Enquiries and other questions via email: info(at)blockfest.fi or via Facebook Messenger. Instagram & Snapchat are not used for customer service.
We will update this page with more info closer to the event.

BLOCKFEST IN SOCIAL MEDIA

www.facebook.com/blockfest
www.instagram.com/blockfest
www.youtube.com/blockfest

Snapchat: blockfestfi

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